Wakirlpirri Jukurrpa (Snake Vine Dreaming) by Liddy Walker Napanagka

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Different Aboriginal groups have a common characteristic and that is that they have a similar belief system which is called the ʻDreamingʼ. The dreaming may be well known as a religious system but it does not always convey its true eminence. However it does convey a sense of enlightenment through visions and dreams. The dreaming provides a strong bondage between The Aboriginal people and their land and identity. In the Indigenous community, Aboriginal people learned about their environment before they were able to identify the characteristics of animals, plants, sources of food and water, useful materials and the weather. The stories that they tell provide them with a map of their environment and information such as trade routes and resources. With the knowledge they had due to their access to information about their land led them to know how to travel successfully around the Australian landscape which then enhanced their imagination that helped them compose more dreamtime stories. The Aboriginal people are introduced to the spiritual world through the dreaming stories which are important teachings that make up their identity.The Aboriginal people travelled the same routes through the lands that their ancestors once used, these are called the dreaming trails. This strengthens their communication with the ancestors and are able to build on their relationship with their land and identity.

In the painting Wakirlpirri Jukurrpa also known as the ʻSnake Vine Dreamingʼ by Liddy Walker Napanagka the relationship between the Aboriginal people and their land is evident. This is known because of the representation of certain lines and colours in the painting. The curved black lines represent the forests of snake vine trees leading to the central lake depicted in the lower half of the painting. Referring back to the Aboriginal flag the colour black represents the Aboriginal people, this shows that there is a bondage between the people and their land as all the lines meet in the centre. In the painting description given it is known that it also represents the travels of the women of the Napangardi and the Napanagka communities towards the central meeting place where they share their experiences and ancestral stories. Through this, one can make out that the land brings the Aboriginal communities together where they share their experiences and communicate freely, this enables them to enhance their understanding of each others identity. Talking about ancestral stories can build their knowledge about the Dreaming, through this artwork Aboriginal peoples beliefs, identity and connection with their land is conveyed clearly. The colours that are mostly used in this artwork come from the Aboriginal flag. The red represents the earth and the spiritual relationship with the land, the colour red is used as the main colour in the background. This reveals that the Aboriginal people are coming together on their sacred land also known as their mother land. Linking back to the history of the Indigenous Australians and the Europeans it is clear that they are attached to their land and way of living as they are to their belief which is the dreaming.They do not like words such as “mythology”, “legends” or “fables” being used to describe the Dreaming. It is fair to say that the Dreaming is equivalent to other religions in the world. Different Aboriginal groups have various names for the Dreaming, the stories and characters also vary even though they may share many of the same beliefs, the messages and the characters in stories are different. This painting is based on the people of Yuedumiu,Central Australia it also introduces the seeds of Wakirlpirri or the Dogwood tree which is a very useful tree that grows on the sides of the creek beds and hear Mulga trees.The snake vine is an important resource that the women being revealed by Walker use to make ʻropeʼ for carrying baskets and also for binding around the head to relieve headaches. This builds a...
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